The Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) on Tuesday condoled with the family of the late pioneer chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Offences Commission, Mustapha Akanbi.
In a statement signed by Salisu Shehu, the Deputy Secretary-General of the NSCIA, the apex Islamic body described the demise of the late jurist as a further confirmation that death is indeed a leveler of mankind.
Mr Akanbi, who was also a former president of Nigeria’s Court of Appeal, died on Sunday in Ilorin, Kwara State. He was aged 85.
“Death is a debt which every mortal being owes and must pay at one point of life or another. We are all from Allah and to Allah, we shall all return.
“Like any great man in life with exemplary footprint, Justice Mustapha Akanbi came into the world and lived by the divine rules and regulations of his Creator to the best of his ability,” the NSCIA said.
While alive, the NSCIA said, Mr Akanbi embarked upon a series of temporal and spiritual activities which enabled him to formulate a guiding philosophy in life with which he charted his causes of actions.
“Yet, the philosophy he formulated from those actions was not merely for his own survival but for him a way of providing a right path through which people who wouldn’t want to go astray could pass with piety,” the statement said.
“And now, with his demise, that philosophy has become a guide to those of the living who may need guidance either as a warning on the vanity of human wishes or as encouragement towards the pursuit of good deeds or both.
“With an unblemished conscience, while alive, Justice Akanbi stood out vertically in the midst of his horizontal colleagues either as a lawyer or as a judge or a crusader against corruption. By his lifestyle, he evidently personified asceticism in all its ramifications using contentment as a template for his exemplary life. And that was why, shortly after his retirement as President of the Federal Appeal Court, the former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo had to beg him to accept the chairmanship of the ICPC when that anti-corruption outfit was established at the dawn of the current republic.
“After the expiration of his tenure in that office in 2005, he bluntly rejected the idea of renewing it saying “Nigeria was not made for one man.” And when the pressure started to mount on him to continue he quickly resigned and made his resignation public.”
The NSCIA prayed the Almighty Allah to repose tMr Akanbi in eternal bliss and grant the members of his family as well as his sincere associates the fortitude with which to bear the agony.